As many of you might know Devon Alexander is scheduled to square off with Lucas Matthysse on June 25th. Many people are considering this to be a “tune up fight” after the poor performance we saw from Alexander in his bout against Timothy Bradley earlier this year at the Pontiac Silverdome. The only problem I see with this is that Devon Alexander has shown in his past 2 fights that he cannot handle pressure. He doesn’t like to fight inside and when you force him to fight inside, he clinches and wrestles.
Andriy Kotelnik gave Alexander a good fight prior to Alexander’s fight against Bradley, it appeared that Kotelnik was going to get shut out by Alexander, but Kotelnik settled in and fought a great fight in the late rounds, throwing combinations on the inside and wearing Alexander down. Alexander went on to take a 116-112 unanimous decision in a tough fight for him. Timothy Bradley who is known for getting inside, out working, and getting rough did just that against Alexander as he cruised to a unanimous technical decision after the fight was stopped due to a cut.
Lucas Matthysse recently fought Zab Judah on an ESPN card and showed that he is no fighter that should be taken lightly. He’s knocked out Vivian Harris, dropped Zab Judah on his way to a controversial split decision loss, and recently knocked out once highly ranked light welterweight & welterweight, Demarcus Corley. Zab Judah has gone on record saying Matthysse is the most powerful punch he has ever faced and he believes Alexander is making a big mistake by taking the fight with him.
Personally, I would have to agree with Zab Judah. At this point Devon Alexander has a lot to prove, and if he just so happens to get warn down by this strong-fisted, pressure fighter, he maybe finding himself on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Because I think it would greatly derail his career. After one poor performance against Kotlenik, a loss to Bradley, and a potential loss to a Matthysee, I have my doubts HBO would still have interest in Alexander. At 24 years of age, I don’t think Devon Alexander would have a fun time climbing back up the ladder. I have to question who is advising him to take this fight.
My points of interest are as follows... Boxing, Cycling, craft beer, bourbon, and Inappropriate jokes.